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Sachin can cover a distance in 1hr 24 min by covering 2/3 of the distance at 4 kmph and the rest at 5 kmph. The total distance is?


5 km


6 km


7 km


8 km

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Option(B) is correct

Let total distance $= D$

Distance travelled at 4 kmph speed $= \left(\dfrac{2}{3}\right)D$

Distance travelled at 5 kmph speed $= \left(1-\dfrac{2}{3}\right)D =  \left(\dfrac{1}{3}\right)D$

Total time =1 hr 24 min = (60+24) min $=\dfrac{84}{60}$ hr $= \dfrac{21}{15}$ hr 

We know,


Total time




$D= \textbf{6 km}$

Edit: If you have doubts, please check comments excellent comments to clear the doubts).

Edit 2: For an alternative solution, check comment by Pankaj Sharma.

Edit 3: For yet another alternative solution, check comment by Nilay.

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Where is 84=14D comes?


From the question,


$=> \dfrac{21}{15}=\dfrac{5*2D+4*D}{60}$

$=> \dfrac{21}{15}=\dfrac{10D+4D}{60}$

$=> \dfrac{21}{15}=\dfrac{14D}{60}$

$=> \dfrac{21*60}{15}=14D$

$=> 21*4=14D$

$=> 84=14D$

Hope this helps.



=> (D1/S1)+(D2/S2)=(7/5)

=> ((2x/3)/4)+((1x/3)/5)=(7/5)

=> ((14x/3)/20)=(7/5)

=> x=6 kms

Parth Singh

Thanks to all for clearing my doubts...

Pankaj Sharma

time for total distance cover=7/5 hr

if total distance 3 then it cover 2 km by the speed 4 kmph then he will take 1/2 hr

rest mean 1 km distance cover by 5 kmph speed then he will take 1/5 hr

now total time = 1/2 +1/5 = 7/10---*2----> 7/5 hr

so total distance will be 3-----*2------> 6 km


I didn't understand how the 21/15 come.Please help me


Total time given in the question is 1 hr 24 min. When it is converted into hours, it becomes $\dfrac{21}{15}$.

This is how it is done:

$1 \text{ hr } 24 \text{ min }= 60+24 \text{ min}$

$=84 \text{ min} = \dfrac{84}{60}\text{ hr}$

$=\dfrac{21}{15} \text{ hr}$


Thanks to Rohan and Deepti. Both of you clear my doubt.


Thank you for your reply.After seeing next question to this I understand how 1/3 comes but don't understand why they subtract 2/3 from 1. From where the 1 comes?Do they assume the distance as 1?

Rohan Sharma

No Madhu,

Total distance here is not 1. Question mention that journey is devided into 2 parts, first part being $\dfrac{2}{4}$. To find out the remaining part we subtract this distance from the total distance (complete journey is 1 PART).

Basically instead of dealing with absolute distances we are dealing here with the ratios.


One example clears everything. Let me give you an example.

This is all about ratios, Total distance may be anything.

Let us assume the total distance to be 15 km, thus 1st part becomes $=\dfrac{2}{3} \times 15= 10$ km.

Similarly remaining distance would be:

$=\left(1-\dfrac{2}{3}\right)\times 15$

$=\left(\dfrac{1}{3}\right)\times 15=5$ km.


I didn't understand how the 1/3 come.Please help me.


Question says that Sachin can cover a distance in 1hr 24 min by covering 2/3 of the distance at 4 kmph and the rest at 5 kmph. Here REST of the distance is $\left(1-\dfrac{2}{3}\right)=\dfrac{1}{3}$.

This is how the factor of $\dfrac{1}{3}$ comes into picture.